Masked Possession by Alana Delacroix

Summary : A Man Who Can Wear Any Face   Caro Yeats doesn’t run from much. As a former investigative reporter now working PR for Toronto’s supernaturals, what she hasn’t seen mostly isn’t worth seeing. But the assignment to “rebrand” Eric Kelton’s out-of-control alter egos has her on edge from the start. Kelton is the heirarch of the Masquerada, beings able to change their face—their entire persona—on a whim. Eric’s charisma muddles her instincts. How can she trust a man who can become anybody?

A Woman Without A Past

Eric has never met anyone like Caro, with her lightning wit and uncanny insight. But desirable as she is, he’d be a fool to let her near. Struggling to hide the sudden loss of his powers, Eric can’t risk becoming entangled with a woman who scorns her supernatural side and claims not to play politics. The enemies on her trail are strong, clever, and vicious. And when they force Eric and Caro together, the fallout could shatter far more than two hearts . .

Review:

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Received from Netgalley in exchange of honest review.

4 stars!

This was a pretty solid debut book but in the last couple chapters ,it become predictable city. It started off so strongly but frizzled out towards at the end.

  • The world building is this book is probably the best I have seen in the long time. Ms. Delcroix did an amazing job explaining how the world that she created in this book works. It’s that type of world building that before you get the  fully question on what this certain thing is that is dropped into the narrative it’s already answered in the next sentence. I know the idea of having the supernatural world hiding in the real world has been used to death but this Urban fantasy breathed new life in it. A plus for it being mostly set in Canada and not in the states!! YAY! I love the whole premise of the Masquerada because it takes shape shifting to a whole new level.

  • Caro Yeats was everything that I love in badass heroines cause she was smart, sassy, brave, resourceful , good at both jobs being a past reporter and PR person and called her love interest out on his possessive bullshit. Her disdain and distrust for the Masquerada even tho she is one was very understandable thanks to her mom.  All of her actions regardless if they were stupid or not were very  understandable due to the situations she was put in.   I can really appreciate how her character struggled with PTSD symptoms due to a traumatic event that happen to her years back. I have to also appreciate the fact that she’s a PoC Whoop!
  •  Eric Kelton was a pretty good hero/love interest that I was interested in but I kind got tired of him being possessive with Caro towards the end. I appreciated the fact that he cared about her but calling her ” his woman” fifty million times towards the end gets old. I also felt like him getting out the situation  he was in with his Masquerada skills getting messed up almost felt like a deus ex machina moment. Also for him to be the king of the supernatural world of North America, he really didn’t do that much to me. ( I think he’s a PoC cause they described him having tan skin but I”m not for sure)
  • Side characters I loved Estelle ( Caro’s friend) and Stephan ( Eric’s right hand/best friend) cause they were honestly the best two side characters in the book. They were honestly the only two that had the most personally and background besides the main two. I have a mighty need to have a prequel dealing with Stephan cause finding out that he was a slave taken from his home in West Africa before he met Eric sent my interest level of him through the freaking roof.  ( Yes this book has some diversity can you tell lol)
  • The smut, chemistry, and sexual tension between Caro and Eric was pretty damn good even tho I wish they had more romantic tension between them. That was seriously lacking and it borderline felt like instsalove since the whole book took between in a matter of 2-3 weeks. It honestly need more of them getting know each other and not trying to get into each other pants. In all honestly tho, the book did get better once they did jump into each other pants and got they tension out the way to focus on more pressing issues.
  • I really didn’t like the villain that much and he felt like a villain cut out that try to be menacing but fell flat. I supposed to feel like he was a real threat to Eric but I never felt that way. He was more of a threat to Caro than to Eric since he was the reason why she had PTSD.
  • Frieda A femme fatale cut out that her actions and were loyalties actually were  was so damn obvious before Caro and Eric figured it out. She almost had substance with her being Knowable about Eric condition but that went out the window with her constantly trying to get in his pants by using different Masquerada’s.
  • Some of the plot twists I kind of figured out like half way through the book so they didn’t surprised me.
  • There were two other side characters but their asses annoyed me to the fullest.
  • It was way more to be desired at the end since it felt very anticlimactic and predictable .
  •  Caro being related to a high-ranking Masquerada felt predictable. .

All in All It was solid book for a debut author that I will read again but it started to feel predictable and rushed towards the end.

Do I recommend it?

Yes If you want something fresh in the Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy genre.

 

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